Discover Israel & the Palestinian Territories

8 Days | Uncover hospitality, history and the holy in a complex land

4.7 out of 5 based on 63 reviews submitted.
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Get a kaleidoscopic perspective on Israel and the Palestinian Territories on this eight-day tour. Entrenched in the ancient but emphatically modern in outlook, nominally Jewish but with oodles of Muslim and Christian influence, this region is endlessly fascinating and rewarding to travel in. Stroll the Old City’s ramparts in Jerusalem, visit Jesus' biblical birthplace in Bethlehem and see Masada’s rugged outcrop. Break bread with Palestinians and Israelis, walk the graffitied separation wall in Bethlehem, go for a float in the Dead Sea and form your own impressions of this captivating part of the world.

Trip overview

Map of Discover Israel & The Palestinian Territories including Israel
Start
Jerusalem, Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Finish
Tel Aviv, Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Israel and the Palestinian Territories
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ENSI
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Challenge your perspective in Jerusalem: walk the ‘Way of the Cross’, and dine with a Palestinian family.
  • Learn the stories behind some of the most challenging and poignant works of graffiti that decorate the barrier wall in Bethlehem during a walking tour.
  • Access the glowing blue grottoes of Rosh Hanikra by cable car, then enjoy views over the Mediterranean Coast of Western Galilee.
  • Go underground to explore the excavated dungeon, crypt and halls that were used by the Knights of St John over 700 years ago in Acre.
  • Visit the remains of the clifftop fortress of Masada, the site of the famed siege at the end of the first Jewish–Roman War.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Popular sites can get congested with large groups of coach travellers in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. We do our best to avoid peak times, but there may be delays, lines and private services that prevent us from entering in a timely manner. If this occurs your tour leader will arrange alternative activities.
  • Some of the sites we visit involve walking on rocky and steep hillsides with little or no shade.
  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories is by no means a cheap destination and you should budget accordingly. The good news is that your expert local leader is on hand to help you uncover the best deals!

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

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Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Minibus

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Activities
  • Jerusalem - Guided tour of Old City
  • Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
  • Bethlehem - Separation Barrier Graffiti Tour
  • Bethlehem - Church of Nativity
  • Jerusalem - Local Family Dinner
  • Jerusalem - Church of All Nations
  • Jerusalem - Yad Vashem Museum
  • Dead Sea - Visit and float
  • Masada - Masada visit
  • Sea of Galilee - Capernaum
  • Nazareth - Church of Annunciation
  • Nazareth - Walking Tour
  • Akko - Knights Fortress Visit
  • Rosh Hanikra - Cable Car & Grottoes
  • Caesarea - Roman Amphitheatre & Aqueduct
  • Tel Aviv - Leader-led tour of Old Jaffa
  • Tel Aviv - Leader-led orientation walk
Add on activities
  • Jerusalem - Old City Ramparts -Entry Fee - ILS18
  • Jerusalem - Israel Museum - Entry Fee - ILS54
  • Jerusalem - audio guide at Yad Vashem Museum - ILS35
  • Jericho - Tell es-Sultan - ILS10
  • Jericho- Mt Temptation Cable Car - ILS60
  • Haifa - Baha'i Gardens - Free

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Israel (particularly within the West Bank) before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 63 reviews submitted.
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Genevieve · Traveled September 2023
Our tour of Israel and the Palestinian Territories was amazing. We had the most wonderful tour guide, Salah, who shared the history, religions and cultures of this incredible place in a way that was meaningful and respectful. This is a land of great beauty and cultural importance and we feel privileged to have had the opportunity to spend time here. It has been a truly magical and eye opening experience.
Review submitted 09 Sep 2023

Shruti · Traveled September 2023
Both the itinerary and the tour leader were excellent. I learnt more about the place than I could ever do in any other way.
Review submitted 14 Sep 2023

Annabelle · Traveled August 2023
I loved this tour! Our guide Salah and driver Rafi took us across Israel & the Palestinian Territories and taught our small group not just the ancient history of the country but also the issues the people are facing today. Salah presented all sides of the story with no bias so we could fully understand the conflict. I felt safe at all times. Beware - the accommodation is very basic. Bring ear plugs for all hotels! For any vege/vegans thinking of booking this trip - it is possible - be prepared to eat a lot of falafel and fattoush salads.
Review submitted 21 Aug 2023

Anne · Traveled August 2023
Highly recommended, hugely educational balanced and enjoyable tour of Israel/Palestine/Holy Land....Salah was an exceptional guide and made the trip one to remember, if you are interested in the history of the country and the background to the religious conflicts or even want to go on a mini pilgrimage and get the perspectives from all communities in an enjoyable holiday setting this is your tour, thank you Salah and Intrepid Travel
Review submitted 15 Aug 2023

Sarah · Traveled August 2023
Absolutely amazing! Quality of trip from booking until the end of the tour was faultless. Itinerary and tour guide exceptional. My first time on a tour holiday and I was blown away. Got back today and have already booked my next trip with Intrepid. Would highly recommend.
Review submitted 12 Aug 2023
Discover Israel & the Palestinian Territories
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